(UnitedVoice.com) – In the wake of the 2020 election, deep skepticism developed among Conservatives over how the presidential election was conducted. As a result, numerous Republican-led states passed common-sense election reform laws. In response, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) passed HR1 in March to strip the states of their Constitutional responsibility to conduct elections, and President Biden repeatedly lied about the bills passed by the states.
Known as the “For the People Act,” HR1 is a partisan grab that would result in the erosion of election integrity and serve to help Democrats win elections. The bill was so convoluted and riddled with problems that instead of solving election irregularities, it would create chaos, litigation, and fraud. While it passed the House on a party-line vote, the Senate’s an entirely different story, and now it appears the bill is officially dead.
Senate Can’t Pass HR1
Unlike some bills the Senate is trying to push through using a budget process known as reconciliation to bypass Republicans, it’s impossible to do with voting rights legislation. The For the People Act requires a 60 vote minimum to pass in the Senate unless Senators agree to blow up the filibuster. However, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Krysten Sinema (D-AZ), and Jon Tester (D-MT) oppose that option. Nonetheless, even if killing the filibuster was an option, Democrats still wouldn’t have enough votes to pass the bill. Manchin is on record, stating he firmly opposes the measure.
As a result, the controversial legislation is effectively dead.
Bipartisan Push Underway
In 1870, the 15th Amendment was ratified after the Civil War to ensure that people could not be denied the right to vote based on race. However, for nearly a century, some states passed laws to get around the Constitution. They created poll taxes and other measures that made it almost impossible for Black Americans to vote. After the 1964 Civil Rights Act became law, Congress moved swiftly and passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on August 6, 1965. It created an enforcement mechanism to the 15th Amendment.
On Monday, Sens. Manchin and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) wrote Congress to try and move Democrats away from the stalled legislation to a bipartisan solution. They are asking for the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act. It’s a popular, bipartisan option that the two Senators say will create a “longstanding, bipartisan commitment to free, accessible, and secure elections for all.”
Yes, HR1 is dead. It was predictable from the start. However, that’s not stopping Democrats from trying all they can to create favorable conditions to win elections. Fortunately, the GOP is remaining steadfast and pushing back against the left. A little help from the center isn’t hurting.
Will the Voting Rights Act get reauthorized? The majority of Democrats may take any win they can get at this point in a razor-thin majority in both chambers. Then again, who knows?
For now, the most important thing is they’ve been thwarted from hijacking the election system.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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